Control of Terrain in Iraq

Control of Terrain in Iraq: September 11, 2015

The Iraq Control of Terrain map depicts the control exerted by armed actors in Iraq over urban and populated areas. “Control” is defined as “an area in which a military actor exerts physical/psychological pressure to assure that individuals or groups within the area respond as directed.” Control also requires a military command to maintain physical influence over a specified area in order to prevent its use by an enemy. The control zones depicted demonstrate where groups in Iraq are capable of repelling enemy forces.

Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin is a Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War where he focuses on political and security developments in Iraq. Prior to joining ISW, Patrick worked as an intern at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). He has contributed to ISW’s “Iraq Situation Report” and “Iraq Control of Terrain Map” products.

Jessica Lewis McFate

Jessica Lewis McFate is the Director of Tradecraft and Innovation at the Institute for the Study of War. She joined ISW after eight years of service on Active Duty as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.  Her military career includes 34 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where she provided intelligence support to tactical, operational, and theater commands. She has twice been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her impact upon operations.

Dr. Kimberly Kagan

Kimberly Kagan is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. She is a military historian who has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale, Georgetown, and American University. She is the author of The Eye of Command (2006) and The Surge: a Military History (2009), and editor of The Imperial Moment (2010).  Dr.

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